Sustainability Practices in Construction Project Management in the West Bank/ Palestine

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Hroub, Moutaz
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Moutaz Hroub
Sustainable Development (SD) is an emerging guidance that aims to meet current generation needs without compromising future generations to meet their own needs. Since last decades, several initiatives have been created to encourage the construction sector to support the SD agenda. This study aims to explore practices affecting sustainable performance through the construction project management (CPM) phases in the West Bank/ Palestine. Data was collected by utilizing a mixed methodology approach, quantitative data were collected by 73 completed questionnaires, and qualitative data collected through 11 semi-structured interviews with experts from the CPM field in the West Bank. Data was analyzed by thematic analysis and the Partial least square (PLS-SEM) approach. Data analysis results revealed 24 most important sustainable practices that were always implemented by engineers in each stage of the construction projects in the West Bank, which are classified as follows: 1 of the practices is classified under the inception stage, 8 practices under the design stage, 7 practices under the tendering stage, and 8 practices under implementation stage. The most common practice taken in consideration during the inception stage of the construction projects in the West Bank is including diverse representatives from the project team functions (85.6%), and the most common practices that are taken during the design stage are: adapting standard dimensions in the design specifications (90.6%), and compliance with legal requirements (90.3%). In the tendering stage, the most taken practices are preventing bribery and corruption (94.7%), transparent procurement procedure (94.7%), and comprehensive contract and specifications documentation (92.2). Finally, the most taken practices during the implementation stage are: compliance with the required specifications and quality level (89%), and insurance for the construction site, workforces and equipment (89%). In addition, the path coefficients test revealed that sustainability practices in the inception stage had the highest positive influence on sustainable Construction Project Management Performance (SCPMP), where the path coefficient β = 0.308. More and more, the study demonstrated that the key barrier to SCPM in Palestine is lack of stakeholders’ interest on sustainability issues (87.8%), therefore, it is recommended to rise sustainability awareness in the Palestinian construction sector, especially among the decision makers levels. This is the first study that draws the road map for construction institutions in West Bank by providing the SCPM framework, as a practical tool for integrating sustainability requirements in their CPM practices.
Sustainability Practices in Construction Project Management in the West Bank/ Palestine